Last week the opera season opened here and we were treated to the rarely performed Amica by Pietro Mascagni. When operas are rarely performed there is often a very good reason - they aren't worth performing. I love to say that Amica was the exception but sadly not. When the intermission last longer than the second act and when the heroine throws herself off a mountain top and you don't give a damn then there is a problem.
However being Mascagni there was a really nice orchestral introduction to Act II and the full stage of the Teatro was used to project the lovers escape into the mountains. As stage craft it was the high point of the evening.
Perhaps he should have written music for travelogues?????
22 ottobre - Santa Maria Salome